luxe shopping - Barvikha Luxury Village, Moscow
Written by Oryx
Just west of Moscow, in the wealthy area of Barvikha, lies an exclusive luxury shopping village of high-end brands.
With its wooden façades blending into the surrounding pine forests, Barvikha Luxury Village is a hub of opulence amongst beautiful natural surroundings. Set in one of the most exclusive suburbs of the Moscow region, Barvikha was known as the location for the most desirable state dachas for government officials and leading intellectuals during the Soviet era, and many of Russia’s most affluent have built private luxury dachas here since the late 1990s.
Style-conscious shoppers flock to the pedestrianised shopping street to pick up designer wear from some of the world’s most exquisite brands.
Even store openings here are stylish – when Baccarat (makers of fine crystal) opened recently, Cirque du Soleil put on a one-off performance to accentuate the Philippe Starck interiors. Carrying too much? There are even five motor dealerships, namely Bentley, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and Harley-Davidson, that can help.
As well as the chic designer boutiques, the Luxury Village is home to restaurants, a concert hall, and the Barvikha Hotel & Spa, which offers spacious suites – each with their own unique terrace – and contemporary Russian cuisine from Anatoly Komm.
For quirky souvenirs head to Ministerstvo Podarkov, or Ministry of Gifts, a collective of artists’ wares for sale in the heart of Moscow.
The stores sell a variety of budget-conscious Russian gifts such as artist-designed tapki (slippers) and hand-woven linens; as well as more weird and wonderful mementos, such as a Yuri Gagarin pillow, a metal flask with a baby Lenin emblem, notebooks with faux Soviet covers, mock Soviet mugs, and lights, clocks, and other fixtures made from old appliances.